L'Oreal and UNESCO to recognize women in science
On Thursday, L'Oreal USA announced that two U.S.-based female scientists will be recognized at the 18th annual L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards, in Paris on March 24, 2016.
This year, leading U.S. genetics researcher Dr. Jennifer Doudna will be recognized as the North American Laureate, while postdoctoral astrophysics researcher, Dr. Sabrina Stierwalt, will be honored as an International Rising Talent.
Dr. Jennifer Doudna, a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will be recognized for her work in genetic research. Dr. Doudna has contributed key insights on a gene editing technology that has the power to "rewrite" DNA.
Dr. Sabrina Stierwalt a postdoctoral scientist in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Virginia, is being honored as an International Rising Talent for her work on the study of how galaxies evolve.
"The extraordinary work of Dr. Doudna and Dr. Stierwalt clearly demonstrates that women in science have the power to change the world," says Lauren Paige, Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at L'Oreal USA, in a news statement. "As a company that benefits from the contributions of women in STEM fields every day, L'Oreal USA is proud to honor these two incredible American women and congratulate them on the success of their scientific research and discoveries."
Over the course of its 18-year history, the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science program has recognized more than 2,500 women scientists in 112 countries.
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